Thursday, February 24, 2011

Off to the state of Kerala, India.

In about 4 hours I will be in a train travelling to the state of Kerala, and the journey will last about 15 hours from where I am, Bangalore. I will have meetings from Saturday to Monday and on Tuesday I fly out to Mumbai.

The flight into India was so good. Meetings started on the same day I arrived here in Karnataka. From Karnataka we moved on to the state of Andhra Pradesh. Very long journeys by road. The first two meetings were at Hindu strongholds controlled by the BJP, and the pastors kept reminding me of the security situation. Thank God we were protected and I had a lot of people from the 'backward' castes of India come forwards for prayers. There were tears of joy on many faces. Others cried because of the heavy problems they had in their lives with no one to help or go to. Believe me - the meeting which began about 8pm went till almost midnight the first day. I continued praying after ministering the Word till 12.20am the second day.  God gave me the strength and so many people wanted to be personally prayed for. It was a great joy to lay hands on the sick and needy, and to lift them up before the throne of God. Then followed the two days of the pastors conference. Over 300 pastors from the states of Andhra and Karnataka participated at the conference. I spoke in all four sessions each day; never got tired and I was energized in the spirit. Pastors were challenged and motivated and so many personally thanked me for the teachings and inspiration. I have already been 'booked' for a major conference in 2012. All the glory to our Father in heaven.
There were challenges  : the village was so primitive. People looked like they were living in the 17th century. Most people were very illiterate. The only thing that bothered me were the hygienic conditions. Breakfast on the last day, yesterday, was in the most terrible place I could imagine. The man was serving food with his dirty hands to every person. I gulped in the food. But a look into the kitchen brought the food back to my mouth. While cooking, the man was also cleaning his teeth with his fingers. Then the inevitable happened. He spat on the floor - unbelievable  and horrific. I gave myself over 15 minutes to see if my body reacted in any negative way. Thank God, so far - so good. Please do not forget to pray for me.
Love you all.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Kenya - February 2011

In our town of Eldoret it is hot, windy and dusty. My naturally tanned skin is tanned once more in the natural sunlight and heat. I normally have my nose covered when the dust blows like a whirlwind. Its not just the dust, but the exhaust fumes of motor vehicles cloud the atmosphere.
We have been busy in the ministry and most of the places we have visited are hot and dry. We see little children and woman walk with empty plastic containers .walking for miles to fetch water from streams or rivers. In the Turkana region and the North Eastern part of Kenya people are starving - no food and no water.
Lots of street children roaming the streets of Eldoret. I have never seen so many on the streets ever before.
Prices of food and other commodities have risen sharply. Our greedy and ruthless politicians are engaged in  a never-ending battle for power.
The story of the church is not good either. Too many false prophets and self-proclaimed apostles misleading the illiterate, innocent and the ignorant. Scripture is misinterpreted for personal gain. There seems to be no spiritual authority in Kenya at this point of time. God, have mercy, is my prayer !

The pastors conferences we hosted is bearing fruit. ICCM is trying to unite the pastors and churches in our little town of Eldoret. The Word has convicted many pastors who live in sin and we are seeing a revival in personal lives.

We have also gotten involved with the street kids in a small way. Apart from sharing the love of Jesus we have also involved ourselves in feeding them on occasion. As they see us walk on the streets they wave and are happy. We wave back and wish we could do something more.

This evening, pastor Shem and I visited the Nyayo ward at the main hospital in town. Many mothers were seated on the beds with their sick children. One child, about 3 years old is in the fourth stage of cancer. As I lay my hands on the child to pray I felt the heat radiating from the child's body. She is on chemo, and an oxygen tube helps her in breathing. She is so weak. We prayed for God's mercy on this child. The next child was a few months old and had some severe form of pneumonia. She looked so pale and 'not so lively'. We looked up to heaven for this child, and we prayed for the others. The mothers looked weary and tired; and hopelessness radiated from the eyes of many.  We thank God for the opportunity given to us to visit the sick children this day and to encourage the mothers. Interestingly the wards are cleaner and brighter.

Thank you for your prayers. Next week on the 18th (friday) I fly out to India for ministry.  I will be in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra, Maharashtra, and Punjab. Training of pastors and speaking in evangelistic meetings will be my main objective. I will be ministering to many first generation converts. Please keep me in your prayers.
Tomorrow, Sunday the 13th, pastor Christoper and I will be ministering at the ICCM church in the village of Soy. We have purchased some provision for the people. Almost all the people we minister in this area are very poor indeed.
Hey -we appreciate your prayers and support. The Lord shine His face upon you and give you peace.
Love you all.